Scholarly Publishing Workshop

by Aimee Mepham, Program Coordinator, WFU Humanities Institute

A workshop on revising dissertations for publication and publishing scholarly books in the humanities and qualitative social sciences was conducted by Edward Dimendberg, principal of Dimendberg Consulting LLC, on May 12-13 on the WFU campus in 301 Reynolda Hall.

From 1990 to 1998, Dimendberg was sponsoring editor in the humanities at the UCLA office of the University of California Press, where he published over 100 books. He is currently a General Editor of the Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism book series, published by University of California Press, and Coordinator of the FlashPoints book series in literary studies published by Northwestern University Press. Dimendberg is Professor of Film and Media Studies, Visual Studies, and European Languages and Studies at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity (Harvard University Press, 2004) and Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture after Images (University of Chicago Press, 2013).

The 2-hour workshop held on Monday, May 12th was geared toward the needs of faculty publishing a first monograph. It addressed the basics of transforming a dissertation into a book manuscript, selecting a publisher, and establishing contact with editors. It also covered peer review, the stages of the publishing process, the workings of university presses and the protocols of multiple submissions. Special emphasis was placed on how to write a successful book proposal.

After the group workshop, Dimendberg met individually with each participant. Faculty participants in the workshop represented a wide range of humanities disciplines: Classical Languages, East Asian Languages and Cultures, English, History, Religion, and Romance Languages, among others.